The PowerHouse detectives of Wimberley Junior High.
Some students at Wimberley Junior High are learning to be detectives, although not the typical Sam Spade, wise-cracking, gumshoe kind. No, these students are learning to be 21st century energy detectives, committed to making simple changes at home that will lower energy consumption, save money and reduce their impact on the environment.
The sixth grade students in the classes of Julana Long and Lauren Gates recently participated in the PowerHouse™energy investigation program sponsored by Pedernales Electric (PEC) in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
After students conduct an energy investigation at home with their parents, the PowerHouse™ program generates a four-page, personalized report for each student. The report identifies the sources of wasted energy in their homes. Students learn that there’s a reason why dad is always harping on keeping the refrigerator door closed. They see how habits such as turning off lights, shutting that refrigerator and using fans to aid cooling can save natural resources and save money on monthly electric bills.
“The PowerHouse™ program is teaching students that, by making simple changes, each of us can save money and help reduce the overall demand for water and electricity,” said PEC Communications Manager Michael Racis. “PowerHouse™ is an innovative program that teaches sixth graders about the resources used to produce electricity and how that electricity gets to their homes from the power plant. It helps them understand how their households’ energy use can affect our environment.”
This is the first year PEC is sponsoring the program. The plan is to present it at 12 Central Texas schools. All in all, about 3,000 students will learn about how their families use electricity, their impact on the environment and how to conserve.Email | Print